Dallas Cowboys: 3 Reasons team will beat Packers in Week 5

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3. The Pass Rush

The Dallas Cowboys front-seven is full of household names such as defensive ends Demarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn, as well as linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. These four players alone combined for 250 solo tackles, 20.5 sacks and six forced fumbles a year ago — and now they’re on pace for an even more productive 2019 season.

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Green Bay comes into this game dealing with nagging injuries all along their offensive line, including right tackle Bryan Bulaga (shoulder). Starting left tackle David Bakhtiari is also dealing with some injury-related issues, despite not being listed on the injury report leading up to Sunday. It is going to be a long day for the Packers offensive line, who will attempt to buy Aaron Rodgers enough time in the pocket to throw.

While the front-seven is wreaking havoc against a weak and injured Green Bay offensive line, the secondary will lock down the less talented and far less experienced pass catchers that the Pack has to offer. With Davante Adams out with a turf toe injury, the Packers can still throw with success — but perhaps not quite as much.

The only way to keep the Packers from winning is to suppress Rodgers by sending numerous blitzes against the weary protection he has in front of him. If they do not disrupt the pass, then Rodgers is going to find a way to get the ball to his playmakers. Given the matchup, though, it’s advantage Cowboys in the battle for Rodgers staying upright.